SIOUX FALLS, SD – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (44-31) lost 3-2 to the Sioux Falls Canaries at Sioux Falls Stadium on Tuesday night.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Chris Jacobs hit a chopper up the middle for a leadoff single and took third on Jabari Henry’s line drive single to left. After Tyler Wolfe grounded into a force play at third, Patrick Fiala lined a single to centre that scored Jacobs with the go-ahead run. On the same play, Wolfe was thrown out trying to advance to third, while Fiala moved up to second. Trey Vavra followed with a single to left. Fiala initially held at third before scoring the Canaries’ third run on a throwing error.
“It was a well-pitched game,” said Goldeyes’ hitting coach Tom Vaeth. “It’s a shame we didn’t play better defence behind Dodson. He had a quality start. He pitched deep into the ballgame and gave us every opportunity to win.”
In the top of the eighth, David Rohm ripped a leadoff single through the left side. Rohm advanced to second on a Josh Romanski groundball, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out, RBI single from Shawn Pleffner.
Daniel Minor relieved Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Zack Dodson in the bottom of the eighth, and recorded four strikeouts during a scoreless inning to keep the Goldeyes within one run. Wolfe reached on a dropped third strike with two outs allowing Minor to record the fourth strikeout.
In the top of the ninth, Mason Katz drew a one-out walk against former Major Leaguer Jose Ortega. Two batters later, Andrew Sohn reached on an error by shortstop Blake Schmit that put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Rohm then hit a line drive to right field that was caught by Henry for the final out.
“Just like the weekend, the guys kept battling,” said Vaeth. “It’s a little disappointing, because you feel like you should still be playing. We have to make sure the guys come out read to play tomorrow.”
Ortega earned his 15th save of the year.
Canaries’ starter Grady Wood (6-2) picked up the win, allowing one earned run on six hits over seven innings. Wood walked one and struck out two.
Dodson (5-5) took a tough-luck loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on eight hits in seven innings, Dodson walked one, struck out four, and was pitching on three days of rest for a third consecutive start. Over his last seven starts, Dodson has a 2.60 ERA.
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the first when Romanski doubled off the left-centre field wall with two outs and scored on a single up the middle from Reggie Abercrombie.
In the bottom half, Schmit reached on an error leading off, stole second, tagged and advanced to third on a foul popup, and scored the tying run on a two-out, RBI double to centre from Jacobs.
Sohn’s career-high 17-game hitting streak came to an end.
The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Mikey O’Brien (6-4, 5.38) faces right-hander Troy Marks (3-6, 5.26). All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
The Winnipeg Goldeyes return home on Friday, August 11th when they host the Wichita Wingnuts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all Goldeyes’ home games are on sale now by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE, visiting www.ticketmaster.ca/goldeyes, or visiting any Ticketmaster location, including the box office at Shaw Park.
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